CONTACT ME THROUGH COURSE EMAIL: Use the following as back-up only: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: email instructor to make an appointment
Course Conferencing Tools, or Skype
Orientation: On-campus orientation for new or previously unsuccessful online students,
although all are encouraged to attend. An online version of the orientation
is online for experienced students.
On-Campus Orientation: Date, Time, and Place: see Orientaion Info page, or Instructor Newsletter on the homepage of the course
can buy the textbook, Successful Online Learning at City College of
San Francisco, at the CCSF bookstore on Ocean campus.The campus bookstore now has rentals available, which is a cheaper option than buying the textbook.
can still use the older, used version - E-Learning Companion, 3rd edition.
Suggestion:: You can buy cheaper versions of E-Learning Companion 3rd edition from Amazon.com
can also download e-chapters from E-Learning Companion, 3rd
edition, individually, from the textbook website.
§ go to www.cengagebrain.com
§ search for E-Learning Companion
§ note that
you will need the following chapters only: 1,2,4,5,7
You can also buy cheaper versions of E-Learning Companion 3rd edition from Amazon.com
with internet access. You can check under Systems Requirements in right hand
column on Insight Homepage but most computers these days meet the
requirements needed to use them for online courses.
Experience and Skills
succeed in any online course, you should have some experience using a
§ internet access
§ commitment, self-discipline and
course is designed to help students be successful online learners. It targets
students who are new to taking online courses and those who previously failed
or dropped out of an online course.
students fail because of having one or more of the following problems with
misconceptions about online course work
goal-setting for online success
course is designed to help students with these and other problems related to
goal for you is to ace this course. By doing that, you will leave this course
with a repertoire of skills which you will be able to use to optimize your success
as an online student. You will be able to use many of these skills to
increase your success in all college courses and your life at large.
full participation you will have a realistic attitude about the demands of
online learning and have mastered the ability to achieve the the following,
which are the major student learning
outcomes (SLOs) for the course:
Appraise navigation and computer literacy skills and apply to online learning
Create and evaluate time management schedules for online study
Examine and adjust personal motivation and attitude for self-directed
Construct positive and effective relationships with instructor and classmates
using online communications
Evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses in study skills management for
online courses and set goals for positive changes
Evaluate and balance academics, work, family and other commitments
Learning Units include:
Computer skills needed for online learning
Navigation of online course work using the course management system
Use of Insight tools - Email, Forums (Discussion Boards), Chat Rooms,
Assignments, and Quizzes
Hardware and software requirements including plug-ins
Computer and online access
Using word-processing to create documents
Time Management and
Weekly and semester planning
Finding your optimal study time
Expectations for online learning
Communicating with other students
Communication with the instructor
2: Course Information and Overview
3: Creating a Plan for Online Success
4: Selecting the Right Opportunities for Online Learning
5: Time Management Strategies
6: Developing Positive Online Relationships
7: Maintaining Motivation in an Online Course, Goodbyes, and Final Test
Don’t Just Learn
About It, Do It.
class does not just teach you about these skills. You will practice them and
apply what you learn to this class and other online classes. Much of what you
learn and will also be useful in on-campus courses, at work and in life,
are based on the standard percentage basis
– 100% = A, 80 – 89% = B, 70 – 79% = C, 60 – 69 % = D, 60% or less is F
following demonstrates the estimated percent value of LERN 55 activities.
table shows in percentages how your participation in the class will be
Group Project & Final Post 40%
Quizzes & Assignments 40%
Note: Full participation in the discussion forums
is required in posts that are graded out of 100, which is the majority
of the posts, or credit/no credit posts. For example, 90% and above,
earns a midterm or final grade of
"A"; 80 - 90 % is a "B." But, say you receive 86%,
or 87%, which is a B+ --remember, a plus or minus in midterms and
finals is not given
--your complete participation, including the credit/no credit posts, could make the difference
between an "A" or a "B."
can see from the grading box, above, that participation in the weekly assigned discussion
forums creates a dynamic online community between you and other classmates, and
the instructor. This replaces classroom discussion and forms the lion-share of
Contact me immediately if you have questions or concerns, if you
need extra feedback, or help with the course. I will get back to you
within 24 hours during week days. Please use the Course i-Mail, which is located
in the right-hand sidebar of the course homepage. Use my CCSF email
f you cannot access the course. You can expect a
reply every day of the work week, or the next day, depending on when you send
your email. In the event of an instructor emergency, you will be contacted by
the Department of Distance Learning.
Full Participation (or you can be Withdrawn or receive a Failing Grade)
Your full participation demonstrates whether you
are achieving the student learning outcomes of the course, or not. You
may receive a failing grade if you do not participate, or you may be dropped
from the class on the census if you fail to show up online to participate in the online work. To avoid failing or being dropped:
Complete the orientation activities (at the mandatory orientation on campus
for new and previously unsuccessful online learners).
Complete assigned discussion forum postings, assignment uploads and online
quizzes within a one week period
Contact me prior to missing assignments if you have an emergency
Make arrangements with me to make up the work by an agreed upon deadline or to complete extra credit work during the last week.(Note that make-ups are limited to two discussion posts worth up to 200 discussion points.)
Do not post plagiarized work.
is your responsibility to apply for a Withdrawal (W) or you may receive an F
for the course. Please contact me, immediately, to let me know if you are
having difficulties or need to drop. I am here to help.
great time learning online from the comfort of your own home or your place of